Ninety judges inspected, tasted and commented upon over 700 brews from professionals and homebrewers at the 14th annual Indiana State Fair Brewers' Cup Competition June 10-11.
Oaken Barrel in Greenwood took Best of Show for head brewer Mark Havens' Pumpkin Ale and was named Brewers of Indiana Guild Champion Brewery with two first place brews, three seconds and two thirds. Upland in Bloomington earned second Champion Brewery for head brewer Caleb Staton with four first place brews, and two each seconds and thirds. Rock Bottom downtown Indy placed third Champion Brewery for head brewer Jerry Sutherlin with two firsts, a second and two third place brews.
Liz Laughlin at Rock Bottom College Park took two seconds and three third places and Chuck Krcilek at Back Road Brewery in LaPorte took a first, a second and two third places. Floyd Rosenbaum at Bloomington Brewing Company took a second and third; Todd Grantham at Mad Anthony in Fort Wayne took two second places; Jack Frey at Turoni's in Evansville took a first and second; John Templet at Half Moon in Kokomo took a first and third; Greg Emig at Lafayette Brewing Company took a third; and Kevin Matalucci at Broad Ripple Brewpub took a first.
Bells of Galesburg, Mich., swept out-of-state professional entries with three firsts, two seconds and three thirds. Illinois Rock Bottoms, Left Hand Brewing of Peoria, Schlafly of St. Louis and Oscar Blues of Lyons, Colo., also took medals.
Larry Barnhart of Kokomo took Homebrewer Best of Show with his "Susie's Sweet Stout." Traditionally, BRBP brews the B-o-S so we all get a chance to toast the winner. NUVO will keep you posted for tapping date.
MECA Brewers was named Homebrew Club of the Year with its members taking 26 ribbons: eight firsts, nine seconds and eight thirds, including Homebrewer of the Year first and seconds places to Bill Ballinger and Chris Ingermann, respectively. FOAM Blowers took second, Tippecanoe Homebrewers third.
Meanwhile, at Chicago's AleFest on June 11, Crown Brewing of Crown Point was getting positive public reaction for Steve Mazylewski's Wit: "If [CP] isn't No. 1 we were in the top three," reports CP co-owner Tim Walsh.
The First ProAm Crown Challenge for homebrewers for brews from any BJCP category (except meads or ciders). Drop off bottles and registration starting July 22 but before Aug. 19 to Kahn's at 5341 N. Keystone; ask for Joe Quinn, beer manager. Judging is on Aug. 22. For full data, e-mail swischmeier@gmailcom or log on to www.crownbrewing.com/PROAM.html.